Bartholmew Fair

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...vnder his apron, where his lechery lurkes, put loue in her Sacke. Now marke how it workes. Pvp. H. O Leander Leander, my deare my deare Leander, I'le for euer be thy goofe, fo thou'It be my gander. 5 Cok. Excellently well said, Fiddle, shee'll euer be his goose, so hee'll be her gander: was't not so? Lan. Yes, Sir, but marke his answer, now. Pvp. L. And fweetest of geefe, before I goe to bed, I'll fwimme o're the Thames, my goofe, thee to tread. 10 Cok. Braue he will swimme o're the Thames, and tread his goose, too night, he sayes. Lan. I, peace, Sir, the'll be angry, if they heare you eaues-dropping, now they are setting their match. Pvp. L. But lest the Thames should be dark, my goofe, my deare friend, 15 let thy window be prouided of a candles end. Pvp. H. Feare not my gander, I protest, I jhould handle my matters very ill, if I had not a whole candle. Pvp. L. Well then, looke to't, and kiffe me to boote. Lan. Now, heere come the friends againe, Pythias, and Damon, 20 and vnder their clokes, they haue of Bacon, a gammon. Damon and Pythias enter. Pvp. P. Drawer, fill fome wine heere. Lan. How, some wine there? there's company already, Sir, pray forbeare Pvp. D. 'Tis Hero. 25 Lan. Yes, but jhee will not be taken, after facke, and frejh herring, with your Dunmow-bacon. Pvp. P You lye, it's Westfabian. Lan. Westphalian you should say. Pvp. D. If you hold not your peace, you are a Coxcombe, I 30 would fay. Leander and Hero are kiffing. Pvp. What's here? what's here? kiffe, kiffe, vpon kiffe. Lan. I, Wherefore jhould they not? what harme is in this? 'tis Mistreffe Hero. Pvp. D. Mistreffe Hero's a whore. Lan. Is jhee a whore? keepe you quiet, or Sir Knaue out of dore. Pvp. D. Knaue out of doore? Pvp. H. Yes, Knaue, out of doore. Pvp. D....

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The other Jonson play that is popular. I found it to be not as strong as Jonson's other main play and that it was a bit dated. Read full review

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Born in 1572, Ben Jonson rejected his father's bricklaying trade and ran away from his apprenticeship to join the army. He returned to England in 1592, working as an actor and playwright. In 1598, he was tried for murder after killing another actor in a duel, and was briefly imprisoned. One of his first plays, Every Man Out of His Humor (1599) had fellow playwright William Shakespeare as a cast member. His success grew with such works as Volpone (1605) and The Alchemist (1610) and he was popular at court, frequently writing the Christmas masque. He is considered a very fine Elizabethan poet. In some anti-Stratfordian circles he is proposed as the true author of Shakespeare's plays, though this view is not widely accepted. Jonson was appointed London historian in 1628, but that same year, his life took a downward turn. He suffered a paralyzing stroke and lost favor at court after an argument with architect Inigo Jones and the death of King James I. Ben Jonson died on August 6, 1637.

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